Unions file criminal complaint against gov’t over deadly Ankara bombing

Twin explosions hit the rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankara’s main train station on Oct. 10, leaving 102 people dead according to an official count and more than 500 injured. Turkish authorities, who denied any security lapses or responsibility, have identified one of the bombers, who was believed to be a member of a Turkish cell of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the southeastern town of Adıyaman.

In a press conference in Ankara on Monday, the Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (KESK), the Confederation of Revolutionary Workers’ Unions (DİSK), the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects’ Chambers (TMMOB) and the Turkish Doctors Union (TTB) said they have filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office against Prime Minister Davutoglu, Interior Minister Selami Altınok, National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, National Police Department Chief Celalettin Lekesiz, National Police Department Intelligence Unit Police Chief Engin Dinc, Ankara Governor Mehmet Kılıclar and a number of other officials who they believe to be responsible for preventing the bombings.

Speaking on behalf of the organizations, DİSK head Kani Beko stated that 44 days have passed since the bombings rocked the peaceful rally, saying that despite all that time having passed, the perpetrators of the attack still have not been brought to account before the justice system. Beko stated that the organizations aim to bring public officers to account for their negligence in the bombing.

“Those who admitted that they knew the names and places of suicide bombers who split blood at the Oct. 10 Labour-Peace-Democracy rally but did not detain them until the bombing took place have not accounted for [the bombing] yet. Those who remain spectators to their coming to the heart of Ankara by passing police control spots haven’t accounted for [the attack] yet,” Beko said.


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